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Fiscal Court Weighs in on Broadband Project

The Floyd County Fiscal Court heard from a Frankfort company which is interested in helping Eastern Kentucky connect to high-speed internet during a special meeting on July 20.

Former Kentucky Department for Local Government commissioner Tony Wilder and his partners addressed the fiscal court at a special meeting on July 20 to share information about their company, Local Links Solutions of Frankfort.

The company is geared to work as a “buyer’s agent” for local governments that want to take advantage of opportunities created by the state’s Middle Mile Network. It helps local governments make plans, conduct feasibility studies and find private industry partners to help them connect to the high speed broadband project.

The $300 million broadband project, Kentuckywired, was initially launched by former Gov. Steve Beshear with plans to begin work in Eastern Kentucky in April and expand high-speed broadband statewide. After Gov. Matt Bevin took office, however, he announced plans to scale back the project saying the initial plan to install 3,400 miles of fiber optic cable statewide made the project, “somewhat untenable,” the Lexington Herald Leader reported in February.

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